At Christmas a team from Jaguar Landrover came to BCM to help deliver sacks of presents to families. Later, one of the volunteers contacted us to see if we could help him. His mum, along with a team of recruits, the Jenny Chant Appeal knitters, had made 3,500 scarves, each 2 metres long, in a bid to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest hand-knitted scarf. When Jenny fell ill she was unable to finish the project and wondered if BCM could use the scarves already made. They had come from people all over the world – New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, England and Ireland, to name but a few.
So, one Friday in June we went to fetch the scarves and since then have been sewing them into blankets. Some will be used here at the Mission and some will go to an old people’s home and nursery school in Zambia. Already three have gone to Wilson Stuart School for children with special needs, where pupils will be able to feel the different textures of the scarves making up the blanket – soft, bobbly, patterned.
But we need help sewing them together and then crocheting around the edge. It does take quite a long time to sew up a blanket but if you feel like a challenge and can help, please contact Chris or Helen at the Resource Centre on 0121 766 6603 (option 1).
You can place a bid on one of Jenny and Helen’s pink blankets in BCM’s Charity Auction which is now live and online – just click here! You can also bid at BCM’s Tea Party this Saturday 13th July (click for details). All lots are donated free of change and all proceeds will go to Birmingham City Mission.